Organ Transplantation

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A Quiet Revolution In Organ Transplants

A quiet revolution is underway in human transplantation. Four children have been born to women in Sweden who were given a uterus by their mother or sister. Face and hand transplants have been performed in France, Turkey, China, Spain and the United States with the latest face transplant being announced yesterday at my institution, NYU Langone. Plans are in the works to use cadaver sources for uteri. Voiceboxes have also been done and teams are gearing up to transplant the penis, ovary and fallopian tube. Some of these parts can come from the living but all of them will primarily come from the newly dead.

One key reason all these new forms of transplantation are revolutionary is that…

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 A Quiet Revolution In Organ Transplants

One key reason all these new forms of transplantation are revolutionary is that they involve non-life-saving organs. Unlike heart, liver, kidney and lung transplants, they are being done to enhance the quality of life or to palliate suffering. Some are being done not to save lives but to allow individuals to create new ones.

The Gift of a Lifetime

Waiting for and Giving the Gift – In this dramatic photo-documentary journey, experience the stories of patients whose hopes rise and fall with each passing day as they wait for organ transplants. Learn how families look beyond their grief in order to give life to others.

Transplant Families

At Transplant Families, well-being is at the forefront of what we’re working together towards. We are transplant families just like you. Our kids have seen more in childhood than most of us will in a lifetime. They are gifted life through real-life superheroes, their donors. And we as families (dads, moms, sisters, brothers and so many more) get to be with our transplant kids in this crazy new journey in life. We are here to offer hope.

Transplant Living

A transplant may be one of the most important events of your life.


Established in 1999, the TransplantBuddies site provides information about the transplant process, resources covering drugs and side effects, and daily discussions about living life as a transplant patient. The site also includes members' photos and life stories covering experiences of both transplant recipients and donors.


Connect with others in the transplant community to create friendships, get & give support, increase awareness through advocacy & much more..

TransWeb features news and events, real people's experiences, the top 10 myths about donation, a donation quiz, and a large collection of questions and answers, as well as a reference area with everything from articles to videos.


TRIO is an independent, not-for-profit, international organization committed to improving the quality of life of transplant candidates, recipients, their families and the families of organ and tissue donors


United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private, non-profit organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. In doing so, we bring together hundreds of transplant and organ procurement professionals and thousands of volunteers. This unique collaboration helps make life-saving organ transplants possible each day. Our system serves as the model for transplant systems around the world.

Bulletin Board for Organ Transplant Information

Use these forums to discuss any items of interest within the community of transplant recipients, donor families, medical professionals and those on the waiting list for organ transplants.


As experts in community-based fundraising, we help patients and families faced with a transplant or catastrophic injury tackle the daunting task of bridging the financial gap between what their health insurance will cover and what they actually need to heal, live and thrive.

Matching Donors is a web site created to give people in need of transplant surgery an active way to search for a live organ donor. Our goal is to increase the number of transplant surgeries and improve awareness of live organ donation.

Organ Donation

The increasing effectiveness of transplantation means that many more patients can be considered for treatment in this way. But there is a serious shortage of donors. Unlike some other NHS organisations, ODT do not have a direct relationship with patients and do not provide "hands on" care. However, in providing support to transplantation services across the UK, everything ODT does has an impact on the quality of service delivered to individual patients.

Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network

The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network is the unified transplant network established by the United States Congress under the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984. The act called for the network to be operated by a private, non-profit organization under federal contract

You must get a referral from your physician in order to be evaluated by a transplant program as a potential transplant candidate.

The David Foster Foundation

The David Foster Foundation is dedicated to two chief goals; to provide financial assistance for non-medical expenses, which are not otherwise covered by governmental agencies, to families in Canada with children who are in need of major organ transplants, and to raise public awareness regarding organ donation.


Transplantation of human organs and tissues, which saves many lives and restores essential functions for many otherwise untreatable patients, both in developing and developed countries, has been a topic for ethical scrutiny and health care policy-making for more than thirty years.

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